Our Mutual Friend, Volume 2

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University Society, 1908
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User Review  - denmoir - LibraryThing

Every now and then, disillusioned by modern literature, I return to Dickens. I have just read "Our Mutual Friend" Dickens wonderful word pictures of people, every character vivid and believable is far beyond anyone writing today. Read full review

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User Review  - Reid - Goodreads

Not one of Dickens' best books. His final completed work, it simply does not have the verve for which most of his work is known. Some of the characters are as engaging as any he wrote previous to this ... Read full review

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Page 536 - We give thee hearty thanks, for that it hath pleased thee to deliver this our brother out of the miseries of this sinful world...
Page 856 - Its difficulty was much enhanced by the mode of publication ; for it would be very unreasonable to expect that many readers, pursuing a story in portions from month to month through nineteen months, will, until they have it before them complete, perceive the relations of its finer threads to the whole pattern which is always before the eyes of the storyweaver at his loom.
Page 632 - The mercenary young person distantly related to myself did not trust to me in vain ! I admire this mercenary young person distantly related to myself more in this dress than if she had come to me in China silks, Cashmere shawls, and Golconda diamonds. I love this young person dearly. I say to the man of this young person's heart, out of my heart and with all of it, ' My blessing on this engagement betwixt you, and she brings you a good fortune when she brings you the poverty she has accepted for...
Page 860 - Am I to rush out into the street, collar the first man of a wealthy appearance that I meet, shake him, and say, ' Go to law upon the spot, you dog, and retain me, or I'll be the death of you ? Yet that would be energy.
Page 728 - ... of the question to leave her. The crisis ! " He had sauntered far enough. Before turning to retrace his steps, he stopped upon the margin to look down at the reflected night. In an instant, with a dreadful crash, the reflected night turned crooked, flames shot jaggedly across the air, and the moon and stars came bursting from the sky. Was he struck by lightning ? With some incoherent half-formed thought to that effect, he turned under the blows that were blinding him and mashing his life, and...
Page 857 - In the majority of the shameful cases of disease and death from destitution, that shock the Public and disgrace the country, the illegality is quite equal to the inhumanity - and known language could say no more of their lawlessness. On Friday the Ninth of June in the present year, Mr and Mrs Boffin (in their manuscript dress of receiving Mr and Mrs Lammle at breakfast) were on the South Eastern Railway with me, in a terribly destructive accident.
Page 833 - I'll keep you company, wherever you go, when you go away from here. Let the Lock take care of itself. I'll take care of you, once I've got you.
Page 524 - ... coats for the removal of it, and fall to the work with the power of all the queen's horses and all the queen's men, or it will come rushing down and bury us alive.
Page 464 - The short-lived delusion begins to fade. The low, bad, unimpressible face is coming up from the depths of the river, or what other depths, to the surface again. As he grows warm, the doctor and the four men cool. As his lineaments soften with life, their faces and their hearts harden to him. " He will do now," says the doctor, washing his hands, and looking at the patient with growing disfavour.
Page 461 - No one has the least regard for the man; with them all he has been an object of avoidance, suspicion, and aversion; but the spark of life within him is curiously separable from himself now, and they have a deep interest in it, probably because it is life, and they are living and must die.

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